Hajer Sharief is the Extremely Together (ET) Young Leader from Libya and founder of the “Together We Build it” NGO. As a teenager, she has closely witnessed the bombings during the Libyan civil war in 2011. This experience has made her realise the importance of empowering and encouraging women and youth from grassroots to participate in peacebuilding and conflict resolution and prevention. Since then, she has been actively advocating at different levels for women’s and youth inclusion in peacebuilding processes. At the age of 19, Hajer founded her own organization, “Together We Build It”, which works on the democratic transition in Libya by emphasizing the relevance of women’s and youth participation in peace. In 2013, she co-initiated the 1325 Network in Libya, a network of civil society organisations encouraging women to play an active role in peacebuilding and conflict prevention. In 2017, Hajer was awarded the Student Peace Prize in Norway for her contribution to the inclusion of women in peacebuilding processes. Hajer was a member of the UN Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. She is also a UN Women Champion on Women, Peace, Security and Human Rights.
“What is missing? The experience and perspective of the ordinary citizens who lived these wars on a daily basis; the people who are resilient; and the people who know how to bring on peace. People are not born violent; people are born into violence. People from all walks of lives in these warzones has a voice and has opinion to deliver to them.”